01 March 2007

Another plasma mission: THEMIS

Five THEMIS satellites went up together in what NASA calls “multitasking to new heights”.

THEMIS is a project to monitor “what causes auroras in the Earth’s atmosphere to change in appearance & dissipate” — which is basically plasma at work.

Hopefully, a much deeper understanding of Earth’s weather will arise, including stuff like waterspouts, dust devils (which form in clean, dry air) & the many interesting shapes with form above thunderstorms.

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